Peter Kahn

Job Title: Educational Developer

Telephone: 0151 794 2497

Fax: 0151 794 2512


Job Role:

My main role is as the Director of Studies for the University's online professional doctorate in Higher Education (EdD). I also contribute to the centre's postgraduate programmes in learning and teaching. I am responsible for coordinating the process by which the University submits for applications for National Teaching Fellowships, supporting colleagues in developing applications. I have active research interests in relation to professional learning, student engagement, continuing professional development and research-led learning.


I joined the University in 2007, coming over from the University of Manchester where I was engaged for many years in teaching on programmes for new academic staff, developing education across the university (for instance in enquiry-based learning, where the university secured a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) and helping to establish the academic framework and regulations for the merged university. I have published widely on higher education, with books on collaborative working in higher education, the development of university teaching, staff and educational development, and the study of mathematics at university level. I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2014, and I became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.


My research interests now centre on the application of perspectives from critical realism and realist social theory to the study of higher education, taking in such areas as collaborative working, student engagement, academic development, learning theory, reflective practice, professionalism in medical education, widening participation and academic writings skills.


For a fuller indication of my current range of publications, please see my webpage.

Selected publications are as follows:

Clegg, S., Crossouard, B., Hancock, S., Kahn, P.E. and Weller, S. (2015) ‘Who is the newer researcher in higher education research?’ Accepted for publication in Higher Education Research and Development.

Kahn, P.E. (2015) ‘Critical perspectives on methodology in pedagogic research’, Teaching in Higher Education, 20(4), pp. 442-454.

Kahn P E (2013) 'Theorising student engagement in higher education', British Educational Research Journal, 40(6), pp. 1005-1018.

Kahn P E Goodhew, P, Murphy, M and Walsh, L (2013) ‘The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as collaborative working: a case study in shared practice and collective purpose’, Higher Education Research and Development, 32(6), pp. 901-14. 

Kahn PE (2013) ‘The informal curriculum: a case study in tutor reflexivity, corporate agency and medical professionalism’, Teaching in Higher Education, 18(6), pp. 631-642.

Kahn PE, Petichakis C and Walsh L (2012) ‘Developing the capacity of researchers for collaborative working’, International Journal of Researcher Development, 3(1) pp. 49-63.

Kahn, P E, Qualter, A and Young, R (2012) ‘Structure and agency in learning: a critical realist theory of the development of capacity to reflect on academic practice’, Higher Education Research and Development 31(6) pp. 859-71.

Walsh, L. And Kahn, P.E. (2009) Collaborative working in higher education, Routledge, London.

Kahn P.E. (2009) 'On establishing a modus vivendi: the exercise of agency in decisions to participate or not participate in higher educatiot', London Review of Education, 7(3) 261-70.

Kahn, P.E., Wareham, T., Young, R., Willis, I. and Pilkington, R. (2008) 'Exploring a practitioner-based interpretive approach to reviewing research literature', International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 31: 169–180.

Kahn, P.E., Young, R., Grace, S., Pilkington, R., Rush, L., Tomkinson, C. B. and Willis, I. (2008) 'A practitioner review of reflective practice within programmes for new academic staff' International Journal for Academic Development, 13: 199–211.

Kahn P.E. and Walsh L. (2006) Developing your Teaching, Routledge, London.

Kahn P.E. and O'Rourke K. (2004) Guide to curriculum design: enquiry-based learning, Higher Education Academy, York

Baume D and Kahn P E (Eds) (2004) Enhancing staff and educational development, Staff and Educational Development Association Series, Routledge, London

Kahn P E and Baume D (Eds) (2003) A guide to staff and educational development, Staff and Educational Development Association Series, Kogan Page, London

Kahn, P.E. and Kyle, J. (Eds.) (2002) Effective teaching and learning in mathematics and its applications, Kogan Page, London.

Kahn, P.E. (2001) Studying mathematics and its applications, Palgrave, Basingstoke